Back in August, Archy Marshall shared a cryptic video named Bermondsey Bosom. Arriving as a surprise with a credit for Reuben Bastienne-Lewis, the visual displayed a series of close-up vignettes of cyclists, cars and greenery, before a sullen-looking Marshall appeared at the end and released a balloon into the sky. It didn’t reveal much and several questions were raised with no answers provided for clarification, but it meant that Archy Marshall – King Krule – was back.
Drenched in the colour blue, The Ooz explores themes of unconventionality, bodily fluids and the London dichotomy of “paradise and parasites”. King Krule’s sludgy guitar sounds mixed with jazz, soul and the romance of the baritone sax has been filling sold out venues and marking him out as a voice of a generation. And we don’t say that lightly. At London’s KOKO, photographer Ro Murphy captured a singular artist in action.
View Murphy’s images below, and read Crack’s cover story with King Krule.